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Old 06-05-2012, 04:06 PM   #1
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Kobo launches e-book self-publishing platform, “Writing Life”

Good news for the self pubbers.Kobo sure is trying. Getting a big Japanese multinational as a parent does help.


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Digital reading company Kobo is launching a competitor to Amazon’s KDP and Barnes & Noble’s PubIt: Kobo Writing Life, a free self-publishing platform for independent authors and publishers.

Writing Life is in beta tests with 50 authors now and will launch in English by the end of June, “with new language and country-specific support added in the coming year,” it said in a blog post.


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It's throwing elbows too.

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On its website, Kobo takes a jab at Amazon: “Unlike some self-publishing portals we could mention, Kobo doesn’t bind you to us. Publish to Kobo and take your ePub to your adoring fans, no matter where they might be. You’re free to sell your eBook the way you want.” To be fair, Amazon’s KDP doesn’t require exclusivity, but its KDP Select (which lets self-published authors include their titles in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library) does.
Its a great time to be a self pubber.
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Old 06-05-2012, 06:55 PM   #2
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I think the KDP select is the way to go. I mean you don't have to purchase books before reading, you just have to subscribe to the library. If this library contained all books, or at least most of those I want or want to read in the future I would definitely pay the admission fee of 79 dollars per annum.
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Old 06-06-2012, 09:01 AM   #4
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So what about those of us who are already in Kobo thru Smashwords or BookieJar?
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I think the KDP select is the way to go. I mean you don't have to purchase books before reading, you just have to subscribe to the library. If this library contained all books, or at least most of those I want or want to read in the future I would definitely pay the admission fee of 79 dollars per annum.
I wonder if that will ever be an option to people outside of the US.
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It doesn't change much for those reaching Kobo through Smashwords. You can continue to use Smashwords or switch over to using Kobo direct. I think there will be some perks to going direct, especially for making things free whenever you want without waiting for it to filter through Smashwords' channel distribution. But overall, it doesn't have to change things for you!

But glad to see other places reaching out to self-publishers!
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So what about those of us who are already in Kobo thru Smashwords or BookieJar?
I think it will be time to consider going direct, especially if the perks are good.
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It's good to see that other places are trying to get some self-publishing action.
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